Easter 6B: ideas to engage the whole family(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for today Including some Mother’s Day ideas


Mother’s Day is not a part of the Liturgical calender it is a public day for honouring the mother’s in our midst.

Two women from the past talk to me about mothering they are Suzanne Wesley and Katherine Luther.

We here about Jesus’s mother in the Bible, and her cousin Elizabeth, John’s mother and their faithfulness we learn of Sarah’s struggle with infertility and jealousy in the Old Testament, and Samual’s mother Hannah’s devotion, we learn of Lot’s wife’s disobedience and Noah’s wife’s support. We learn of the length’s that Joseph’s mother’s care required to save him. We hear of Ruth’s mother-in-laws protection of her daughter in law. The early mother’s of the Church such as Lydia. All different all with their eyes on God foremostly. Add to this list. How many more mother’s or references to mother’s can you find.

I think of my own mother.

I also think of the women in the Church’s I have attended who mothered me in faith. I am still surrounded by great faithful mothers guiding me and teaching me. That’s perhaps, why I have a preference for all welcoming services where everyone worship’s together.

So today, I encourage you to not just think about your own mother but to look to the women in your congregation that share Sophia’s wisdom easily and unselfishly.


You have found a page that uses easily found ideas to help you share the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings with children. Instead of sifting through many websites, facebook , pinterest, instagram, and blog posts; this is a one stop shop where I have done the sifting for you to find theologically and developmentally appropriate material for your congregation or family.

These ideas can be used in a church setting as you parent in the pews or in your own home while connecting to a broadcast service or for your daily family devotions.

They are for use by parents, grandparents and carers and for small congregations who do not have a Child and Family Ministry.


If worshipping at home. You may want to set up a space to bring out when you worship or to keep out everyday..

We have entered the season of EASTER and white is the colour of the season. (Though it is the chosen colour you may prefer to use Gold)

Set up a candle, and what ever helps you focus on the season, it might be a cross, some flowers to represent New Life, an empty container, a circle of some kind or anything that inspires you.

If able to worship in the Chruch buildings pack a special backpack, as well as filling it with your Covid Safe equipment, add the books or materials required to help your young ones relate to readings.

For adults and older students you might like to take a journal with which to record anything that grabs your attention during the service. Write a precis of the message (traditional or sensory word), draw or write a response in and keep a record of emotions.


You might like to start with the Lords prayer if at home, or say the Lord’s Prayer within a set place in the service.

Today try this version IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w

Or if you are looking for a more contemplative version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NuUo-igXDU&fbclid=IwAR2FasYCU-9mP1PaLQDjweXyhyUnJutt4J28KycjzeUEttWSesipX2jmJxE


(Sophia is the feminine name for God’s wisdom in the Bible)

Today Sophia,

We pray for your wisdom

Becasue we know that mother’s need it.

Becasue we know that people can be sad today

Sad becasue they did not get to know their mother,

due to adoption, laws, illhealth or death

Sad for the mother’s who did not get to know thier children

because of adoption, laws, illhealth or death

For those of us who have mums,

we are sorry when we take her for granted

when we don’t listen

when we don’t consider her needs

Help me to absorb and look for the wisdom

Of the mother’s in the Bible,

to the Sophia’s in our church

who teach us how to be mother’s


FIRST READING: Acts 10:44-48



READ: The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater


READ why this book is recommended here


Get a bowl of water, and some pebbles, drop the pebble into the water. Watch what happens. Just sit quietly and drop as many pebbles into the water as you want.



Get or make music instuments and play them as you say(sing) the Psalm


READ Chair for my Mother by Vera Williams


READ why this is suggested for this reading here

Do: look at pictures of your family, what features do you share with those who have come before. What things would you like to be known for in your faith community? at school? in the community? Draw them, say them aloud or write them down.

MAKE a card for your mother, include a heart and draw those things you like her doing for you.

OR try this idea

GOSPEL READING: John 15:9-17

READ: You are spoilt for choice here Andrew McDonough has written 4 books, on this theme and anyone of them would do. (if you read one of these books last week, choose another one, or read your favourite.)

They are Basil the Branch, WATCH, Bill the Brillant Branch, WATCH, The Gardner and the Vine, WATCH, and Basil and the Seceuters WATCH you can read excerts here

All have activity books for $AUs4.95 to download, with enough activities to keep the whole family busy, and each story has 2 free activities to download.

SING No Greater Love(remain in Me) from Seeds of Faith Seeds Family Worship


Make a heart with your hand, cup your hands, make a heart with your hands.

PLAY: with Babushka dolls


Have a Happy Mother’s Day

Wendy L.

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Easter 6: ideas for helping 3’s and under connect with this weeks RCL readings

These suggestions are for use with the 3’s and under who are in worship with you. Or use them during the week to keep connecting with Sunday’s worship.

You may need to organise some resources before Sunday and place in a special Church Bag so you can pick it up and run and have everything with you to share worship with your little one.

You might need to visit these sites to read or download

https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/illustrated-worship-resources/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-spring-2018 Will get you 14 colouring in pages, that is 14 Sundays worth and I will  refer to them over the coming weeks. To reduce the cost further, you could share with other families or ask your church to purchase them for you. Note this is a USA publication so the season  for them is Spring, and the price is in US$, so it will cost a little more and possible attract international transaction charges depending on whom your credit card is with)




heart cushion

soft ball

toys to share, such as blocks, cars and mat, etc


READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysPxSHHE8Lg  In this story, everyone is needed and welcome to help do the task. Like in today’s reading everyone is welcome to know the Lord and be be baptised into the faith.

PLAY: Bring a sharing toy, such as a soft ball,( roll don’t throw in church) it might amaze you how many around you will have such a simple game with a young child, especially if there are no other children  during worship. I’ve always been surprised at whom it is that want to “play”

DO: Make or buy a people chain, and create a chain of all the people that worship together. 

Here is a simple way to make a chain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZo68K6vWZ4

this age is too young to make their own chain, you make it and let them colour it in


Praise the Lord!

Sing a new song to the Lord;

he has done wonderful things!

By his own power and holy strength

he has won the victory….

Sing for joy to the Lord, all the earth;

praise him with songs and shouts of joy!

Sing praises to the Lord!

Play music on the harps!

Blow trumpets and horns,

and shout for joy to the Lord, our king.

Roar, sea, and every creature in you;

sing, earth, and all who live on you!

Clap your hands, you rivers;

you hills, sing together with joy before the Lord,

because he comes to rule the earth.

He will rule the peoples of the world

with justice and fairness.


Carolyn C. Brown


DRAW: or make a Joyful face

and some of the instruments or the earth or the sea.


I am Joyful (make a joyful face)

that you made the world (make a BIG world with your hands.)

I want to Shout (cup hands in a megaphone)

About you God



SECOND READING: 1 John 5:1-6


suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-may-6-2018/

Look at all the acts of love in the story. Dip in and out of this story, stopping it after each act of love so as to keep the under 3’s engaged with it.

DRAW: A large love heart then draw a picture of either one of the acts of love in the story, or of something loving you do for someone or they do for you.


God you love me (point to yourself)

Help me to love others (point away from yourself)




Suggested by https://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/year-b-sixth-sunday-of-easter-may-10.html

COLOURING-IN https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/illustrated-worship-resources/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-spring-2018

PLAY: This age don’t play well with others yet, though they may play along side another child. Learning the steps of being a good friend and playing together needs to start somewhere. If there are other children, play with something others can join in with today such as blocks or cars on a car mat.


Wendy l.